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Cathodic Protection Technician - Level One

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Cathodic protection is a technique used to control corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with conductive eletrolyte including buildings, pipelines and bridges. Cathodic protection technicians work on a variety of projects, installing, commissioning, monitoring, evaluating, maintaining, repairing and decommissioning cathodic protection systems. In 2013 Alberta was the first jurisdiction in Canada to designate cathodic protection technician as a designated occupation.

A cathodic protection technician - level one must:

  • prepare for planned cathodic protection projects,
  • perform lockout and tagout procedures,
  • operate, use and install test equipment,
  • perform  troubleshooting on cathodic protection systems,
  • conduct function tests,
  • gather data, prepare records and reports,
  • install, maintain and repair components of a cathodic protection system, and
  • troubleshoot and replace components on a rectifier that is NOT installed.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Occupational Certification
  • To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate based on a recognized credential as a cathodic protection technician – level one a person must complete 1,000 hours of hands-on work experience and 12 months and complete the NACE CP-1 Tester Certificate or the following equivalencies: 
    • NACE CP-2 Technician, 
    • NACE CP-3 Technologist, 
    • NACE CP-4 Specialist or
    • a combination of the (old) NACE Basic Corrosion Course, the (old) NACE Corrosion Prevention in Oil & Gas Course and the (old) NACE Cathodic Protection: Theory and Data Interpretation Courses AND
    • the Enform Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training Course or equivalent.
  • To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate based on proof of skills and work experience that meet Alberta standards for the occupation, a person must successfully complete the Enform Cathodic Protection Rectifier Course or equivalent and complete 1,500 hours of hands-on work experience and 18 months.

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Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the occupation or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Occupation Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.